Jun Li, Ph.D.

Jun LiAssistant Professor

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • M.S. in Mathematics & Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 2005

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Dr. Jun Li joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as an assistant professor in September 2016. Before that, he worked as a R&D quality assurance manager at Dassault Systemes Simulia Corp. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories in the California Institute of Technology, working on NASA Super Pressure Balloon project. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also earned M.S. degrees in Mathematics and in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interest is to develop theoretical and computational methods combined with experiments for the assessment, design, optimization and manufacturing of novel materials and structures in various applications.

Areas of interest

  • Composite materials
  • Hierarchical materials and lightweight structures
  • Soft and multifunctional materials, flexible and deployable structures
  • Thermo-elasto-plasticity, fracture and deformation patterns
  • Image-based (CT, MRI) multiscale modeling of biological materials
  • Statistical analysis and optimization methods

Selected awards

  • NASA RHG Exceptional Achievement for Engineering Award to Super Pressure Balloon Design and Development Team, NASA, 2016
  • NSF-PACAM Early Career Researcher Travel Fellowship, 13th Pan-American Congress of Applied Mechanics (PACAM), 2013
  • First Place Award, “Emerging Researchers in Biomedical Engineering” session, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), 2011

Selected publications

J. Li, K. Kwok and S. Pellegrino, “Thermoviscoelastic models for polyethylene thin films”, Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, 20(1):13-43, 2016.

E. Hamed, E. Novitskaya, J. Li, I. Jasiuk and J. McKittrick, “Experimentally-based multiscale model of the elastic moduli of bovine trabecular bone and its constituents”, Materials Science and Engineering C, 54, 207-216, 2015.

M. Chittenden, A. Najafi, J. Li and I. Jasiuk, “Nanoindentation and Ash Content Study of Age Dependent Changes in Porcine Cortical Bone”, Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 15(5), 1550074, 2015.

J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Fractal shear bands at elastic-plastic transitions in random Mohr-Coulomb materials”, ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 140(9), 04014072, 2014.

M. Ostoja-Starzewski, J. Li, H. Joumaa and P.N. Demmie, “From fractal media to continuum mechanics”, Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (ZAMM), 93, 1-29, 2013.

J. Li, A. Saharan, S. Koric and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Elastic-plastic transition in 3D random materials: Massively parallel simulations, fractal morphogenesis and scaling functions”, Philosophical Magazine, 92(22), 2733-2758, 2012.

E. Hamed, E. Novitskaya, J. Li, P.-Y. Chen, I. Jasiuk and J. McKittrick, “Elastic moduli of untreated, demineralized, and deproteinized cortical bone: Validation of a theoretical model of bone as an interpenetrating composite material”, Acta Biomaterialia, 8, 1080-1092, 2012.

J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Micropolar continuum mechanics of fractal media”, International Journal of Engineering Science, 49, 1302-1310, 2011.

J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Fractals in elastic-hardening plastic materials”, Proceedings of Royal Society A, 466, 603-621, 2010.

J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Fractal pattern formation at elastic-plastic transition in random heterogeneous materials”, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, 77, 021005-1-7, 2010.

J. Li and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Fractal solids, product measures and fractional wave equations”, Proceedings of Royal Society A, 465, 2521-2536, 2009.